Theme: I Knew
Reference: Mathew 25:1-46
The Ten Virgins
The kingdom of heaven is likened to ten virgins. Five of the virgins were wise and five of them were foolish. In common sense, the five wise virgins lived in wise ways even in normal days while the foolish virgins lived in foolish ways even in other normal days. Foolish virgins also knew that the wise virgins were indeed wise and did things wisely.
Despite the fact that the wedding was the most important ceremony for the virgins, yet the five foolish virgins only took their lamps and took no oil with them. Actually, when the five foolish virgins saw the five wise virgins taking oil in their vessels with their lamps then they should have asked for guidance and they would have known the importance of carrying oil for their vessels. The foolish virgins should have received the heart of the wise virgins.
Most Christians think that they know, yet they don’t know. They also think that they have the Holy Spirit. However, if Jesus came back today, most of them would not be able to enter into His kingdom because they do not have the oil which is the Holy Spirit. So, how can the Christians have the Holy Spirit? The bible says, Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
This means that if one have not received remission of sins then he cannot receive the Holy Spirit.
The Parable of Talents
The kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. The bible says, ‘And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey” (verse 15). Every servant was given the talent according to his ability which closely connects with the heart of the master.
The servant who received five talents means that he was most connected to the lord. Also, the servants who received two and one talents although not very closely connected to the master they also received the talents. The man is the Lord, God and therefore this trade belonged to God and it was impossible for it to fail. The servant who received two talents saw how the servant with five talents traded since he worked closely with the heart of the master, therefore he also traded his two talents and received two more talents.
However, the bible says, ‘But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.’ This is because he thought he knew the heart of the master. The bible says, then he who had received the one talent came and said, “Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours” (verse 24-25).
The lord was very angry with that servant and he called him wicked and lazy servant. He also ordered the lazy servant’s talent to be taken from him and his talent to be given to him who had ten talents. Further, the lord ordered the unprofitable servant to be cast into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
If the servant with one talent threw away ‘I knew’ and asked the servants with five and two talents for their guidance, what would have happened to him?
The bible clearly states that when the Son of Man comes in His glory and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Verse 34).
When we read this scripture (verse 31-46), we may think that we should be just helpers to others in need and just like verse 35 says, we should give food and drink to others. But no one can outgive Jesus. He is the bread of life (John 6:35) and Jesus is also the living water (John 4:10). Instead, we should give out Jesus, meaning that we should spread the gospel of Christ. Unlike the sheep on the right, the goats on the left cannot give anything since they do not have Jesus in their hearts.
From the bible it is clear that the goats will go away into everlasting punishment while the sheep who are the righteous will go into eternal life (verse 46).
So, in which side are you, left side or right side? If you have received forgiveness of sins and received the Holy Spirit and you are together with Jesus, then definitely you are on the right side.